Dakar 2022 Review: Nasser Al Attiyah remains cool in the desert heat

Incredible
win

“It
was
an
incredible
Dakar
for
us.
We
hadn’t
won
since
2019.
We’re
pleased
with
the
new
T1+
regulations.
Matthieu
and
I
and
the
team
did
a
great
job
to
win.
We
had
finished
second
every
time
since
we
came
to
Saudi
Arabia
two
years
ago
and
now
we
are
really
happy
to
achieve
our
goal,”
said
a
beaming
Al
Attiyah.

“The
whole
race
went
without
a
hitch.
We
were
on
high
alert,
but
now
we
know
that
we
have
an
amazing
car
and
we
will
do
our
best
for
the
World
Championship,”
he
added.

Multi-sports icon

Multi-sports
icon

Not
many
know
that
the
ace
Qatari
is
a
multi-sports
icon.
He
is
a
champion
shooter
(having
won
a
bronze
in
skeet
shooting
in
the
2012
London
Olympics),
rides
horses,
which
is
his
passion,
and
can
drive
a
powerboat
with
the
same
speed
as
a
car.
Legend
has
it
that
there
is
a
chapter
on
him
in
the
history
text
books
in
Qatar.

“We
opened
up
a
gap
on
the
first
day
and
have
since
managed
our
lead.
We’re
fortunate
to
get
to
race
the
Dakar
in
Saudi
Arabia
and
I
would
like
to
thank
the
government
for
this
opportunity
to
discover
such
breath-taking
landscapes,”
added
Al
Attiyah,
who
had
previously
won
the
most-gruelling
FIA
off-road
rally
in
with
Volkswagen
in
2011,
MINI
in
2015
and
Toyota
in
2019.

Epic adventure

Epic
adventure

The
most
epic
adventure
that
motorsports
has
to
offer
has
taken
its
convoy
all
over
the
sands
of
Saudi
Arabia.
As
the
dust
finally
settled,
Al
Attiyah
kept
his
cool
while
the
desert
sun
rode
high
in
the
sky.

The
entry
field
for
the
2022
Dakar
Rally
included
virtually
the
crème
de
la
crème
of
off-road
racing.
including
France’s
14-time
winner
(across
all
classes)
and
defending
champion
Peterhansel,
Spain’s
rally
legend
Carlos
Sainz
and
WRC
monarch
Loeb.

Kudos champ!

Kudos
champ!

And
more
than
4,000kms
of
off-road
racing
over
treacherous
terrain,
as
the
chequered
flag
was
flown
at
the
2022
FIA
Dakar
Rally
on
Friday
at
the
Red
City
of
Jeddah,
it
was
Al
Attiyah
who
had
the
last
laugh.

Whether
the
ace
Qatari
is
the
greatest
rally
driver
of
all
times
remains
a
subject
open
to
debate.
But
for
the
time
being
he
can
bask
in
the
glory
of
having
crossed
the
chequered
flag
first
in
the
deserts
and
dunes
of
Saudi
Arabia.
Kudos
champ!

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